May 19th, 2010
06:24 PM ET
13 years ago

Thompson laments end of TV series, weighs in on midterms

(CNN) – News of the cancellation of the original "Law and Order" television series is hitting one Republican especially hard.

"I was sad to see it go," former Sen. Fred Thompson, better known outside political circles as the series' "D.A. Arthur Branch," said in an interview set to air Wednesday on CNN's John King, USA.

Adding that the popular crime series "meant a lot to me personally," Thompson joked with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that the television drama took him from the "obscurity of the United States Senate" and elevated him to being New York City's fictional district attorney.

"At least we'll have reruns probably for more than the rest of our lives," the attorney-turned actor-turned lawmaker told King.

The former lawmaker, who returned to politics for a 2008 White House bid, also weighed in on the current political climate and November's midterm elections.

"I'm happy not to be on the ballot in any year," said Thompson. "I think this year more than others."

Of the current climate, where voters are turning out to be especially leery of incumbents and candidates identified with Washington's political establishment, Thompson added, "When I step back and look at it from a little bit of distance, I see two things.

"I see guys who have been around for a long, long time. And I see a country that's in a process of bankrupting itself if we don't do better. You put those two things together and people are just trying to be heard."

And, echoing recent comments from Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Thompson told King that he believes the current environment is more favorable to the GOP than in 1994, when Republicans took control of the House and Senate in that year's midterm elections.

"Here, I think that the concern has made itself known a lot further in advance, with a lot more intensity than in 1994. I'd be surprised if it wasn't bigger than 1994. Whether or not that translates into taking either house or anything like that, I don't know," Thompson said.

Finally, Thompson explained his use of sarcasm-laced tweets to criticize the way the Obama administration is battling terrorism.

"I think they would be much better served if they spent more time trying to come up with effective anti-terrorist policies than they did on their political correctness doctrine," the conservative Republican said.

"I mean, the very notion of not being able to identify our enemy or refusing to do so - every time we have a terrorist attempt or a terrorist attack, the initial reaction is to jump to a conclusion other than the possibility of a terrorist attack or something that's coordinated.

"All those are troubling indicators. I think the least it deserves is a little humor poked their way as we try to remind them that we're in a serious problem here and on the front end of it. We're going to have to be tough and we're going to have to be serious and frank with the American people if we're going to keep a handle on it."

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Frank

    Why is it no Repub takes responsibility for running the US into debt with two ongoing wars and a deep tax cut for the rich while this administration's tax cuts overall for everyone are the biggest since the 1950s? They are disgusting.

    May 19, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    Whoever came up with the idea of refering to the respecting people's rights as "political correctness" is a right wing geneus I don't mind giving credit where it is due. He (or she) should be given a special place in the propoganda hall of fame.

    Regardless of the crime the suspect does have" the right to remain silent" and the "right to a speedy trial" and thank God and the founding Fathers they do. If we shred the consitution to acheive security we will lose our freedom and our safety.

    Find the terrorists give them a fair trial and if they are found guilty put them to death. Case closed, next case.

    May 19, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. dan smith

    In order to win the Republican Party has to get rid of the Religious movement within the Party and get back to sound economic policy. Unfortunately I doubt that they will. The only alternative for Reagan republicans like myself and many others is going to end up being the Libertarian Party.

    May 19, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Donnatella

    This old fossel I thought he was dead.

    May 19, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |

    Does any one really care what Mr. Thompson has to say about anything. He won't even be a footnote in history.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    May 19, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. Russ

    I didn't read this article but I can safely say......WHO CARES what he thinks or weighs in on.

    May 19, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Mickey, NY

    Thompson is just another washed-up, bigoted GOP dinosaur...

    May 19, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |